A lovingly restored, bright, airy cottage close to the villages of Coverack and St Keverne. Small private front garden and larger shared garden with views over fields. Characterful, friendly and quirky, perfect for a romantic break or family stay.
Gillan is a lovingly restored holiday cottage. A high, vaulted ceiling and painted beams give the main, open plan living area an airy, bright feel, and there are two bedrooms, both comfortably fitted out and painted in calm, natural shades.
I (the owner, Hannah) bought Gillan in 2014. Since then, my partner Simon and I have worked to lovingly transform it from a higgledy-piggledy, dated little pad into a much loved holiday home-from-home. Our ambition was always to create a laid-back, open plan living space, where no one is left out of the action, and those cooking can still enjoy a glass of wine and a chat with those reading a book, drawing, listening to the radio or just having a post-beach walk snooze.
Inspired by the natural colours and textures of Cornwall, we swapped mismatched, dark, swirly-pattered carpets for clean laminate flooring (perfect for just sweeping the sand off), and turned the two gaudy bedrooms into peaceful nests for resting and relaxing in. We whipped aged carpet tiles out of the bathroom and gave it a colourful new look. Keen to create a characterful, friendly feel, but with a rugged, easy-to-care-for edge, with sandy feet and muddy boots in mind, we hope you'll feel at ease and at home.
There's a small private garden to the front of the property, where you can sit out and eat your breakfast (if the weather's kind to you!) and a larger, communal garden shared between Gillan and the other cottages which look onto the yard, which looks out over fields, and had a larger picnic table. This is located on the other side of the yard from the cottage.
There's parking on hardstanding to the front of the cottage and all bed linen and towels are provided for you.
Interaction with guests
Management of the property is through a third party - you'll be provided with all her details for access and emergencies.
Other things to note
Please note: This is a rural area, and signal can be patchy. Various places where we find strong signal include the front garden – by the garden gate is particularly good, and by the picnic table in the shared garden – we even get 4G there! This seems to vary, depending on who your supplier is – some visitors have had signal in the cottage, and some of us have to stand outside. But no one yet has not been able to find their ‘special signal patch'. But if you're used to city phone signal, you'll need to adjust your expectations...
We have deliberately avoided going 'tech heavy' as we personally enjoy taking a bit of a break from technology when we're down here. We really didn't want a big TV on the wall or anything. However, we know that little ones can get a bit bored with nothing to watch, so there is a TV with DVD player at the cottage - this is just for watching DVDs, which you'll need to bring yourself.
We hope you'll feel at home at Gillan, and treat it as you would your own. It's fairly robust and rugged, so muddy boots and sandy feet are no problem - they're part of Cornish life really! But we do love our cottage, and would be grateful if you could take care and try not to cause damage.